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March 2017



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SFWA Update

Via Write Hemisphere (thanks, tanaise): SFWA raises qualifying pay rate to US$ 00.05/word.

Veeery interesting. That means a whole bunch of previously "pro" publications (Strange Horizons, H.P. Lovecraft's, Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Weird Tales etc.) are about to become high-paying semipros, unless they raise their rates as of January first.

Leaving the acceptable SFWA pro markets as: SciFiction, Analog, ASF, F&SF, Chizine, Argosy (assuming it stays in print for a year) and a very few others.

Although this rate hike does lower the word length of an story deemed acceptable as a SFWA credit to 1000 words, to reach that $50.00 cutoff.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. I assume it's intended to drive up the rates offered by magazines. Very interesting to be on the outside of this one, looking in.


I assume it's intended to drive up the rates offered by magazines.

Or, possibly, to keep out perceived riff-raff.
Well, over here at A&A, we're proud to be riff-raff. *g* And not just because Richard O'Brien is dead sexy. When he doesn't look dead, that is.
Crap crap crap crap crap. I have two SH sales and nothing else. They let me in as an associate member with one, but now I'm not sure if I need to get two 5¢ sales or three 5¢ sales to qualify as a pro.


*I* would guess that they'll probably--

grandfather in, as long as you maintain your associate membership... but you could ask on the rumor mill. I bet it will be just exploding about now.

Re: *I* would guess that they'll probably--

It would be nice. I emailed Shane T. back to ask if he knew, and he said he thought they'd be grandfathering sales from 2003 and earlier, but that I should write to either the prez or veep of SFWA to ask directly. And you know what? I think I will. It gives me a perfect excuse to write to folks at the top and introduce myself to them :D

Re: *I* would guess that they'll probably--

Good luck with that. Hopefully it will produce the results you're looking for.
SFWA membership will not only open me up for all sorts of networking possibilities, but being able to join will also mark a professional milestone for me. There's something about being able to say, "I'm a card-carrying professional science fiction writer" that I suspect I'll find deeply satisfying.